WoTL Program Advisory Panel

WoTL Program Advisory Panel

WoTL Program Advisory Panel

WoTL Ltd invite you to submit an expression of interest to be a member of the WoTL Program Advisory Panel.

About Us
WoTL’s vision is a thriving agricultural industry that recognises the influential contribution of women. As a not-for-profit WoTL provides insightful leadership through collaboration and exists to amplify the positive influence of women in agriculture.

WoTL produces outcomes by identifying and delivering responsive and effective initiatives such as professional development and networking. Working with partners and funding bodies WoTL delivers inspiration and growth across Australia.

With its headquarters in South Australia, registered with ASIC WoTL is a Company Limited by Guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001.

Background
WoTL was established in 2017 in recognition of the need for the delivery of programs, services and support for women in, and supporting, agriculture across all sectors. The organisation is evolving from one that has its original foundations in providing grass-roots, bespoke regional programs predominantly in the grains sector, to one that is focused on supporting women at all levels across all sectors and regions, building upon its very strong base. WoTL has delivered 2 highly successful Thriving Women Conferences and in recent years has managed the highly acclaimed Stepping into Leadership Program, funded by Primary Industries and Regions SA, while continuing to deliver many regional programs.

As it grows as an organisation, WoTL is aiming to develop and deliver new personal and professional development programs and services.

Expressions of Interest
WoTL is seeking to establish an Advisory Panel to provide insight into the personal and professional development priorities of women across all aspects of agriculture. The Advisory Panel will help WoTL to shape the development of targeted programs that will ignite ideas and opportunities to support women in agriculture to thrive.

Responsibilities of the Advisory Panel will include:

  • Identifying common areas of personal and professional development needs of women in agriculture across all sectors
  • Prioritising areas of greatest need and/or impact
  • Scoping what programs are already in place that can be supported or delivered in partnership and where new programs should be developed
  • Providing input into learning objectives, desired outcomes, program timeframes, preferred delivery methodology and skills and attributes required of delivery partners.
  • Providing advice and recommendations on an appropriate and sustainable structure for ongoing program development and delivery.

Programs developed will be cross-sectoral have a state or national focus, and may also be run at a regional level.

The Advisory Panel will be supported by the WoTL Executive Officer and a representative of the WoTL board. It will comprise of representatives with a diversity of insight and experience across different sectors and components of agriculture in Australia.

The WoTL board, WoTL’s Ambassador network, deliverers and WoTL subcommittees will contribute to the Advisory Panel with direct representation or through other communication channels.

Representation is sought from diverse production commodities and geographic regions as well as from supporting agribusiness, education and research sectors.

Personal Attributes
Reference Group Members will have the following personal attributes, skills and knowledge:

  • Experience in one or more agricultural sectors, ideally with cross-sectoral experience, or experience in adult education program development and delivery.
  • Has strategic insight and knowledge and understanding of the Australian agricultural industry
  • A sound understanding of the personal and professional development needs of women across the agricultural sector
  • Strong networks within agriculture and/or adult education and ability to draw on the collective knowledge and insights of those networks
  • Ability to perform effectively as a part of a team
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Possess high level oral and written communication skills, organisational skills and time management
  • Demonstrate ownership and accountability for agreed actions from meetings

Time Commitment
Advisory Panel members will initially meet face to face in Adelaide in May 2021 to workshop ideas and provide input into a program development strategy. The Panel will then meet using remote online technology every one to two months. This is expected to be a maximum 6-month commitment. Some additional input may also be required between meetings.

By the end of 2021 (or earlier), the Advisory Panel will provide recommendations to the WoTL board on:

  • Key priorities for program development
  • Organisational support, structure and governance requirements for sustainable program development, delivery and oversight across sectors and regions
  • Opportunities to leverage or feed into existing programs that support the development of women in agriculture

This is a voluntary position.

WoTL Commitment to You

  • Reimburse interstate travel
  • An opportunity to work within a highly motivated team to identify and deliver responsive and effective initiatives for inspiration and growth of women across all aspects of agriculture.

How to Apply
Expression of Interest applications are to be no more than 500 words and to address how you will contribute to the Responsibilities of the Advisory Panel and Personal Attributes. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 16th April 2021 and are to be forwarded to eo@wotl.com.au

For Further Enquiries and How to Apply
All enquiries regarding this Expression of Interest will remain private and confidential and can be directed to Kim Blenkiron, Executive Officer at 0427 592 243 or eo@wotl.com.au

WoTL is seeking to elect 7 board members as active contributors to the organisation.

WoTL is seeking to elect 7 board members as active contributors to the organisation.

WoTL is seeking to elect 7 board members as active contributors to the organisation.

About Us
WoTL’s vision is a thriving agricultural industry that recognises the influential contribution of women. As a not-for-profit WoTL provides insightful leadership through collaboration and exists to amplify the positive influence of women in agriculture.

WoTL produces outcomes by identifying and delivering responsive and effective initiatives such as professional development and networking. Working with partners and funding bodies WoTL delivers inspiration and growth across Australia.

With its headquarters in South Australia, registered with ASIC WoTL is a Company Limited by Guarantee under the Corporations Act 2001.

About the Opportunity
WoTL is now seeking applications to serve as a member of the WoTL board. As a board member you will, in conjunction with the Chairperson and other Board Members, contribute to setting the strategic direction of the organisation and play a hands-on role in leading and supporting the organisation through an exciting period of growth and development, building on existing programs that are held in high regard within the agricultural sector.

Directors serving a term on the WoTL Board of Directors are expected to participate fully and share in the strategic governance of the organisation, on behalf of its membership and in service to women in agribusiness. The position is voluntary and directors are expected to contribute 100-150 hours per annum.

The position is open to suitable applicants from across Australia. WoTL celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive environment.

About the Role
Directors must have a demonstrated commitment to WoTL and its values, have expertise and capability in leadership and governance, sound business acumen and a focus on delivery of strategic outcomes. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate high level experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Commercialisation and product development with a strong customer focus.
  • Relationship management and networks with a focus on building partnerships. Networks across agriculture and/or the agricultural service industries will be considered an advantage.
  • Industry knowledge/experience in agriculture, agribusiness and/or regional development, with cross-sectoral experience considered an advantage.
  • Marketing, promotions and communications, including through mainstream and social media platforms.
  • Finance and financial management
  • Information and communication technology
  • Innovation, disruption and change management
  • Program design and evaluation

For Further Enquiries and How to Apply

All enquiries regarding this position will remain private and confidential. For a Director Information Pack and details on how to apply, contact Kim Blenkiron, Executive Officer at eo@wotl.com.au.

Applications close 5 pm Australian Central Daylight Savings Time Thursday 12th November.

WoTL wins 2019 PIRSA Grower Group Award

WoTL wins 2019 PIRSA Grower Group Award

WoTL is incredibly honoured to be the recipient of the prestigious 2019 PIRSA Grower Group Award. Presented at the Ag Excellence Forum, held at the Stamford Grand on 4 April 2019, the event recognised South Australian Grower Group achievements over the past twelve months.

The coveted Grower Group Award, presented by Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA), was given to WoTL in recognition for our role in opening up new possibilities for women in agriculture. In particular, WoTL was acknowledged for its focus on educational opportunities for our members, the local and broader agricultural communities.

In accepting the Award, Chair Sharon Honner paid tribute to the hard work of Executive Officer Kim Blenkiron, who has led the project.

With the $5000 prize money, we intend to undertake two major projects to connect Stepping into Leadership Alumni with women that participate in WoTL regional activities. The projects are:

  • Holding a ‘Video Tips and Tools’ workshop for members, to strengthen their ability to communicate effectively on social media using multimedia tools
  • Organising a field trip to the Barossa and the Adelaide Hills regions, to facilitate the sharing of learnings from members’ own businesses

WoTL thanks the Ag Excellence Alliance for this Award, and we look forward to providing new opportunities for our members to share knowledge, develop new skills and contribute to the broader agricultural sector in South Australia.

 

WoTL Receives Grant

WoTL Receives Grant

WoTL is excited to have received three grants through Country SA PHN to deliver workshop programs with communities in the Mallee, Upper North, Yorke Peninsula and Eyre Peninsula.

Better Business, Better Sheep, Better You

Better Business, Better Sheep, Better You

In early March the Mid North WoTL Group and Elders Burra worked together to run the “Better Business, Better Sheep, Better You” forum at the beautiful Baldina Station.

Women from across the mid north of South Australia attended and had the opportunity to listen to a number of high quality presentations.

The project was supported by the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, Elders and NRM levies.

Thank you to Mid North WoTL Coordinator Natalie Sommerville for organising another great forum, as well as a number of people for the continual support of WoTL Taryn Mangelsdorf, Tony Randall, Judy Wilkinson, Deb Purvis, Steph Schmidt and Sharon Honner.

‘Weathering The Drought’ workshop held on Eyre Peninsula

‘Weathering The Drought’ workshop held on Eyre Peninsula

Parts of Australia are currently experiencing the devastating effects of drought. The recent “Weathering the Drought” workshop, held at Minnipa on the Eyre Peninsula, covered a range of resilience, communication, time management and personal / business planning topics. The workshop was delivered to a number of women from the local agricultural community.

The day finished with a fun session on developing a personal vision board, demonstrated by the participants in the featured photo.

Thank you to Jeanette Gellard from Innovative Influences for delivering the program at Minnipa and Streaky Bay.

The program was supported by Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management (NRM), Department for Environment and Water, Minnipa Ag Centre and the Streaky Bay Council.